Corn Be Gone

Mrs G from Baldock was just about to give up on her walking hobby. It was too painful to go very far, and none of the podiatrists she had seen had been able to give her lasting relief for the pain.

Enter Podiatrist Ian from Amber Health, with a solution.

The problem Mrs G had was a painful corn between her big toe and second toe. Other podiatrists and chiropodists had removed the corn, but it simply came back again. Even between appointments her toe was still painful.

The continuous discomfort Mrs G felt made her stop the walks her and her husband so loved. She was frustrated, disappointed and thoroughly fed up.

But after examining Mrs G’s foot thoroughly, Ian Radford – one of Amber Health’s Podiatrists, was able to pinpoint the root cause and suggest a long-lasting solution.

Cause and Effect

The corn was forming because one of the joints in Mrs G’s second toe was pressing up against her big toe. The continued pressure meant that even if the corn was properly removed, it would soon reappear.

Ian was able to remove the corn completely, without any discomfort to Mrs G, using a small scapel. The procedure is very precise and there is no need for any pain relief. Mrs G reported that she didn’t feel any discomfort during the procedure, or afterwards.

Once the corn was removed, Ian used a special putty to create a custom-made toe separator. Ian moulded the putty around Mrs G’s toe whilst it was soft and then gently removed it. He made minor alterations to it so that it was both comfortable to wear and worked effectively.

Happy Patient

Mrs G said:

I have had total satisfaction with my treatment, Ian is a marvel! I’m off to do a 4 mile walk!

Ian is really pleased to have been able to help Mrs G and has this advice about this type of corn:

Corns of the type Mrs G presented with are a result of direct pressure over a bony prominence, in this case, by one of the joints of the second toe pressing against the big toe. Without offloading the area, i.e. without reducing the pressure, the corn will often reappear in short period of time (weeks), and the pressure, which contributes to the discomfort, will continue regardless, although it will be less painful if the corn is properly removed, but will worsen when and if the corn forms again. Reducing the callus, removing the corn, and providing a toe separator that offloads the area not only improves the condition in the short term by reducing the pressure on the joint that causes the hard skin, discomfort and corn formation, but also in the long term, with the corn not returning in many cases as long as the device is worn continually.

If you have any concerns about the health of your feet or are experiencing pain that is stopping you from doing the things you love, please come and get a free 15 minute consultation. One of our therapists will examine you and give their opinion on what they believe the problem is, letting you know what treatment they feel would be helpful.


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